Collins Aerospace has unveiled a $50 million investment in an aircraft electrification and electric propulsion laboratory in Rockford, Illinois. Called The Grid, the lab initially will support parent company United Technology Corp.’s (UTC) plan to fly a megawatt-scale hybrid-electric X-plane in 2022. The 25,000 ft.² lab is part of a larger, $150 million investment Collins expects to make in electric systems over the next three years. The Grid will begin initial tests within 12 ...


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